United Nations has called on
businesses, governments, and
civil society to achieve Sustainable
Energy for All by 2030
New Energy Access Reports – July 2016
Based on new data for pollutant emissions in 2015 and projections to 2040, this report provides a global outlook for energy and air pollution as well as detailed profiles of key countries and regions: the United States, Mexico, the European Union, China, India, Southeast Asia and Africa. The report also proposes a strategy to reconcile the world’s energy requirements with its need for cleaner air. Alongside the multiple benefits to human health, this strategy shows that resolving the world’s air pollution problem can go hand-in-hand with progress towards other environmental and development goals.
The decision-making on “energy options for irrigation” lies at the heart of the water, energy and food nexus. This policy brief analyses the key drivers behind the adoption of solar pumping technology, socio-economic benefits on offer, and brings to the forefront the cross-sector aspects that should be considered in program design and implementation to sustainably scale up deployment. This policy brief is part of a broader work stream in IRENA focusing on renewable energy opportunities in the agriculture and water sectors.
This report examines PV technology, economics, applications, infrastructure and policy, along with their broader impact, highlighting the global PV industry’s prospects for the future. The report includes data and statistics on capacity, costs, investments, and environmental concerns. IRENA puts forward five recommendations to help achieve this increase:
- Updated policies based on the latest innovations
- Government support of continued research and development activities
- Creation of a global standards framework
- Market structure changes
- Adoption of enabling technologies like smart grids and storage.
Emerging Frameworks for Aggregators in the EU, EU Project INCREASE Policy Brief No. 1
This policy brief shows that the market access for aggregators is improving in some EU countries, while others are still lagging behind. Often the regulatory frameworks are not supportive of demand response or participation of distributed renewable generation. However, in several EU countries no suitable frameworks to enable participation of flexibility aggregators yet exist. At the same time the emerging new technical solutions allow market actors to provide new services. The upcoming new EU electricity market directive will be an important step towards more decentralized yet harmonized electricity markets with a range of new actors and business models, and may trigger the reform of national regulatory frameworks.
This report by ALER – a non-profit association with the mission to promote renewable energy in Portuguese-speaking countries – compiles detailed and up-to-date information on the current status of the renewable energy sector in Mozambique, allowing an overview of current and future developments of the sector.
From the private sector’s perspective, the report aims to provide the most recent and relevant information to help potential investors in their decision-making and project development process. As far as the public sector is concerned, the report aims to assist national authorities in information dissemination, awareness raising about the national renewable energy potential, consolidation of administrative procedures in order to smooth the administrative burden, encouraging the involvement of the private sector and attracting foreign investment.
Check here the index and executive summary of the report, which benefits from being bilingual (Portuguese / English) facilitating its understanding and reach, both at national and international level. An early bird discount is available until the end of August.
End-of-life management: Solar Photovoltaic Panels, IRENA and the International Energy Agency Photovoltaic Power Systems Programme (IEA-PVPS)
This report is considered to be the first-ever projection of PV panel waste volumes to 2050. It highlights that recycling or repurposing solar PV panels at the end of their roughly 30-year lifetime can unlock an estimated stock of 78 million tons of raw materials and other valuable components globally by 2050. If fully injected back into the economy, the value of the recovered material could exceed USD 15 billion by 2050. Sectors like PV recycling will be essential in the world’s transition to a sustainable, economically viable and increasingly renewables-based energy future. To unlock the benefits of such PV end-of-life industries, the institutional groundwork must be laid in time to meet the expected surge in panel waste.
This report identifies the main risks and barriers limiting investment; it also supplies a toolkit for policy makers, public and private investors, and public finance institutions to scale up their investments in renewable energy. Accompanying case studies and survey material provide insights on the challenges, the opportunities and what has actually worked in different markets. IRENA complied these real-world examples and conducted survey questionnaires through engagement with its member countries and industry stakeholders in both energy and finance.
The resulting report identifies five main action areas whereby policy makers and development financial institutions can address risks and barriers for renewable energy projects:
- Advance renewable energy projects from initiation to full investment maturity.
- Engage local financial institutions in renewable energy finance.
- Mitigate risks to attract private investors.
- Mobilise more capital market investment.
- Create facilities dedicated to scaling up renewable energy investment.
More broadly, the report can serve as a guide to the key financial market instruments for renewables. Greater familiarity with such instruments, particularly among policy makers, investors and financial institutions, should bring down the financing cost of renewable energy projects.
Unlocking climate finance for decentralised energy access, Neha Rai, Sarah Best, Marek Soanes, IIED
Achieving energy access for everyone requires more and better targeted investment, but what role does climate finance play in filling the funding gaps? This paper examines data on the major climate funds to assess what share of international public finance goes toward energy access and compares this to overall finance needs for the sector. It highlights the flow of climate finance to decentralized energy, which is a key priority for achieving universal access, and identifies key funding blockers. The experiences from Bangladesh and Nepal provide lessons on how climate funds and national policy could be reformed so that climate funding is better targeted at decentralized energy access in low-income countries.
The 10th edition of Amaray focuses on the challenges of universal energy access. The magazine presents the energy situation in Peru, sharing experiences gained and best practices with regards to rural electrification, lighting, improved cooking and market approaches. This publication invites the reader to reflect on the achievements so far, as well as on what still needs to be done in order to bring sustainable energy access to as many people as possible.